Go Bob? or Go Bald?

Did she "Go Bob? or Go Bald?"

Thank you for your donations! 

Natalie Lew had been growing her hair long for a few YEARS and was ready to cut it all off for the benefit of others.  Based on your donations, Natalie either cut her hair to a short bob or cut it all off on Wednesday, October 21. We don't want to spoil it by telling you what happened, but we’ll post an update soon, hopefully with a few before and after pics.

The Causes

Go Bob? or Go Bald? by supporting RDU Forest

1. RDU Forest

TORC and Umstead Coalition’s efforts to create RDU Forest, an urban forested recreation center next to Umstead State Park… and to stop a private company from putting a rock quarry on land deeded to 4 public entities (the Odd Fellows).

Go Bob? or Go Bald? by supporting le Tour de Femme

2. le Tour de Femme

le Tour de Femme benefits two local charities, the Kay Yow Cancer Fund and the UNC Rex Heathcare Angel Fund. It's a women's only Virtual event supporting the fight against cancer and empowering women through the sport of cycling.

$2,000 Raised?

Go Bob! If $2,000 was raised then Natalie cut her hair by at least 14” to a bob

$5,000 Raised?

Go Bald! If $5,000 was raised then Natalie cut all of her hair off! Yup, bald.

Dina Pezzimenti of Halo Salon in Raleigh did the cut… or shave.

Hair will be donated to an amazing organization, Hair We Share.  Their mission is to "help maintain dignity, confidence and self-esteem to those affected by medical hair loss." 

Thank you for your support!

About Natalie: Natalie Lew is a cycling enthusiast, mountain biker, coach, and an active community partner and advocate for our parks and trails and helping to get more people on bikes – kids, women, minorities… everybody.  She is an avid supporter and participant of both the RDU Forest effort and le Tour de Femme.

Brumley Forest Workday

Triangle Land Conservancy has asked TORC to set up a monthly Brumley Forest workday for both regular maintenance as well as larger problem area fixes. Come help keep the trails you ride on the regular in great shape!

When and where

Check our meetup page and look for an upcoming Brumley Forest Workday in events. We will try to have one every month if possible, and the meetup event will describe the work that needs to be done on that particular workday. If you have any questions, contact us.

A Typical Brumley Forest Workday

Start:8:00 to 8:15am
Location:We'll meet at the maintenance shed off of Old NC 10. It's the dirt road that Springhouse loop cuts across. From there, we may split into groups.
Duration:No more than 3 hours
Type of work:Basic maintenance (de-berming portions of the trail), as well as correcting drainage issues on low-lying spots. There may be some rock armoring projects for more experienced trail builders. A little something for everyone!
Tools:Tools will be provided.
What to bring:Sturdy shoes or boots, gloves, appropriate clothing, and water

Have you ridden at Brumley yet?

The George and Julia Brumley Nature Preserve is owned and managed by the Triangle Land Conservancy, who has partnered with TORC for trail building and maintenance on the 613 acres 2 miles outside of Hillsborough. These trails have garnered a reputation for being fast and flowy, and just plain fun. Learn more on our Trails page.

Come join us for the next Brumley Forest workday

Harris Lake Group Ride

TORC hosts a Harris Lake group ride every Wednesday after work, depending on trail conditions. Always confirm on meetup before heading out!

We're just looking to have fun on the bikes, so all skill levels are welcome. We will aim for an intermediate pace, but happy to adjust to make it fun for everyone that comes out.

The Harris Lake Group Ride is every Wednesday

Meet time: 5:15
Ride time: 5:30
Distance: 7-8 miles
Location: Harris Lake County Park

What to bring:

  • Bike in good working order
  • Helment
  • Hydration

We will meet in the Hogs Run parking lot. This is the gravel lot on your left, before you get to the paved lots at the end of the road. The group ride organizer drives a red suburban, rides a stumpjumper and typically wears a yellow jersey. The secret handshake is... just kidding. You will need to sign the standard TORC waiver though. The organizer will have one ready for you, or you can fill one out and bring it with you.

The weekly harris lake group ride is always fun!
Note: this is NOT the Hogs Run parking lot! If anyone has a better photo for this group ride, tell us!

Ride Like a Girl

Ride Like a Girl is a women's only all skills mountain bike ride held every Tuesday evening at 6:00pm, usually at Lake Crabtree County Park. Check the Meetup page to confirm and sign up.

All women are invited to join these rides regardless of skill, speed, or fitness level.

These are no drop rides, meaning no rider is left behind. We will divide up into groups to include beginner/casual, intermediate and advanced. So you can be sure that whether this is your very first ride or your 3000th ride, there will be a group for you, regardless of your speed or skill level. Each group will have a leader and a sweeper.

Speed and distance of each group will vary depending on the desires of each group.

Come Help

The group ride leadership is always looking for more ladies to help lead groups. These ladies would lead and sweep intermediate and advanced groups. You do not have to commit to every week.


Trails are suitable for all skill levels. You MUST wear a helmet. Please bring water bottle / hydration pack, snack if you will need one.

Meet time: 5:45pm

Ride starts at: 6:00pm

Port-a potties or toilets are available.

Be sure to confirm on meetup beforehand. The ride is cancelled if the trails are closed.

Ride Like a Girl is more than a weekday group ride

In the summer of 2018, RLAG went on a field trip to Warrior Creek in Wilkesboro, NC. They camped for a weekend of spectacular singletrack at Kerr Scott Lake. Over 40 miles of amazing singletrack surrounds the lake, and the system was named an IMBA Epic in 2011.

RLAG reserved 2 campsites to allow for a total of 12 women and unlimited tents. Excellent bathrooms and showers were a short walk from campsites. And the Warrior Creek trailhead was about 50 feet from the campsites. They also made arrangements to meet ladies who drove in for a day of riding, instead of camping.